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Pay, Benefit Raises Coming For State Elected Officials

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California Citizens Compensation Commission Chair Thomas Dalzell, left, and member Nancy Miller voted, along with their colleagues, to raise state elected officials' pay and benefits Monday at the commission's meeting in Sacramento.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California Governor Jerry Brown, members of the Legislature and other state elected officials are getting a pay raise.

The salaries and benefits for state elected officials are set not by the governor and Legislature but by the California Citizens Compensation Commission, whose members are appointed by the governor.

Despite a small increase last year, state elected officials are still making 20 percent less than they did before the budget crisis. So the commission voted to give them a three percent raise.

Commission Chair Thomas Dalzell says they probably deserve a larger increase, but that wouldn’t go over well with taxpayers “because of the symbolism. To come in and say 19.6 percent increase will get them back to 2007 – that sounds like a nice idea, but that’s a huge number. How many people in the private sector are getting 19 percent?”

The commission also voted to restore state elected officials’ benefits to the same level as management employees – a 10 percent increase. The pay and benefit increases will take effect in December.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio